The ceremony in the presence of the French Ambassador to China Laurent Bili and the artist Fan Yifu on Tuesday Photo: Courtesy of Parnasse
A large landscape painting of a fisherman sitting on a small boat by a lake as the sun rises entered the art collection of the Ambassador’s Residence at the French Embassy in Beijing during a ceremony attended by French Ambassador to China Laurent Bili and artist Fan Yifu on Tuesday. . The painting of Fan, son of famous painter Fan Zeng, will be exhibited at the embassy along with works by Chinese artists Zhao Woki and Chu Teh-chun, acting as a cultural bridge between the two countries.
According to the artist, the painting marks Fan’s artistic pursuit of the Peach Blossom Spring, an ethereal utopia where people lead ideal lives in harmony with nature. The utopian village became a symbol of peace of mind among scholars and artists after its appearance in the poem of the same name by poet Tao Yuanming of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420).
“The real peach blossom spring is the peach blossom spring of the soul, the freedom of the soul, and the tranquility of returning to nature,” Fan said.
The painting not only allows more people to appreciate the charm of traditional Chinese culture, but also reveals the importance of harmonious coexistence between man and nature in Chinese culture.